NYT Mini for Saturday, February 20. 2016

Constructor: Joel Fagliano

Relative Difficulty: Easy-Medium

Theme: None

Word of the Day: SIREN

In Greek mythology, the Sirens (Greek singular: Σειρήν Seirēn;[1] Greek plural: Σειρῆνες Seirēnes) were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets placed them on some small islands called Sirenum scopuli. In some later, rationalised traditions, the literal geography of the "flowery" island of Anthemoessa, or Anthemusa,[2] is fixed: sometimes on Cape Pelorum and at others in the islands known as the Sirenuse, near Paestum, or in Capreae.[3] All such locations were surrounded by cliffs and rocks.

When the Sirens were given a name of their own, they were considered the daughters of the river nicolas cage Achelous, fathered upon Terpsichore, Melpomene, Sterope, or Chthon (the Earth). In Euripides' play, Helen (167), Helen in her anguish calls upon "Winged maidens, daughters of the Earth"). Although they lured mariners, the Greeks portrayed the Sirens in their "meadow starred with flowers" and not as sea deities. Roman writers linked the Sirens more closely to the sea, as daughters of Phorcys.[4] Sirens are found in many Greek stories, notably in Homer's Odyssey. (Wikipedia)

Hehe...."river nicholas cage".

This is reasonably competent. I really like the barbecue thing that's been done here. Not sure I should, but I do. I'm picturing FRANK [6A: Man's name that's also something you'd find at a barbecue], at the barbecue, with PATTY [7A: Woman's name that's also something you'd find at a barbecue], possibly with, uh, I guess a SIREN going off in the background [4A: Ambulance wail]? Yeah, doesn't really work. Unless there's, like, a siren that goes off when food is too awesome? Man, barbecue is really great.

 Who indeed.

Who indeed.

It's a shame he couldn't fit one more 'cue reference in here. Almost could have squeezed BRATS in instead of FRATS [1D: Toga party sites]. But that would have messed up FBI [1A: J. Edgar Hoover's org], unless... BBQ?! And then you're basically stuck, because no way is QNKY ever going to be a thing. Even though it does look like a fashion label.

Perhaps FRANK and PATTY could have their roving barbecue at multiple DQ'S [8A: Throws out of a contest, informally]? Or would that be too informal? I guess the rules could be BENT a bit [2D: Crooked], especially since FRANK and PETTY are, I've decided, members of the SFPD [4D: Bay Area law enforcement org.].

Anyway, this is a pretty decent puzzle. I am genuinely sad right now that there is not a rib-flavored variety of blizzard though.

Signed, Jonathan Gibson, Kilgore Trout of CrossWorld